SmartBrief on Workforce-Fast, Easy, and Powerful

I can still remember the first time someone asked me if I had ever read SmartBrief on Workforce. I remember thinking, “Why would anyone need that?” And then I started reading several dozen blogs a week and needed a way to cut through the clutter and focus in on the best information. Then I realized how useful of a tool it was.

I had the opportunity to hang out with Mary Ellen Slayter, the editor for the SmartBrief on Workforce publication, at the annual SHRM conference in 2010. It was a great opportunity to find out more about SmartBrief and the work they do.

How it works

Here’s a link to the homepage for SmartBrief on Workforce. As you can see, they aggregate stories, give you a short summary/clip to help you see if it is something you need to know, and link out to the original, larger story if you want to read more. You can get this information in a daily email format or read it on the web.

They cover dozens of topics in their daily newsletters, from leadership to small business and more. Check out all of their business coverage here.

  • The newsletter has great information.
  • It’s delivered right to your inbox so you don’t have to go search for it.
  • And it’s free.
  • What’s not to like?

Why I’m doing the shout out

Mary Ellen Slayter and Charlie Judy are doing a session at HRevolution (learn about the HR Slam here), and as prizes they are giving out gift cards that Mary Ellen was kind enough to provide for us. Thought it would be nice to illuminate the work she does in exchange for her generosity!

How to get started in social media with Mike Vandervort (Video)

There are a lot of people out there who talk about using social media. I sometimes try to stay away from the topic, because I don’t want to overload anyone, but then I talk with people like Mike VanDervort who are true champions for the social tools out there. Mike is a well-known HR blogger, and I had the pleasure of leading a blogging session with him at HRevolution. Mary Ellen Slayter interviewed him at SHRM10, and I think this is worth watching for anyone who is looking for reasons for the everyday HR pro (of which Mike is a great example) to use social media.

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#SHRM10: newbie lessons, my plans, and your thoughts

So… I’m going to the ¬†SHRM10 conference! Check out the video below. I also have my video notes below for your immense enjoyment.